3D TALK – Episode 4 – Allan Portilho

3D Talk - Allan Portilho

Welcome to the fourth episode of 3D TALK.

This conversation didn’t turn out as expected. We didn’t really talk about 3D software at all. The main theme of the conversation was finding out how Allan progressed his 3D career from the Amazon (Brazil) through to moving and working in the USA.

It’s a long and slow paced conversation, but well worth a listen. It’s humbling and inspiring to hear about Allan’s journey. Along the way he took a lot of risks, put in a lot of hard work, conquered learning English, lived apart from his wife, knocked on a lot of doors and was rejected time after time, but ultimately he became a success. He had faith in his talent and dedicated himself to improving his portfolio, which kept opening new doors for him.

His story is an inspiration to any struggling 3D artist.

Since this interview Allan has moved to Hollywood and is now creating key art for movies and TV shows at www.artmachine.com

Enjoy!
Press the ‘Play’ button below to listen, (You can also search for 3D Talk on iTunes)

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HDR Light Studio – Carbon Drop 3

The team here at Lightmap are thrilled to announce the release of HDR Light Studio Carbon Drop 3.

Our latest drop includes: Expanded Preset System, New Preset Content, Save your own Presets, New Octane Standalone Connection, and the Houdini Connection now supports Area Lights and Redshift renderer.

Expanded Presets System

Enhanced Presets System
In Carbon Drop 3, Presets have undergone a massive overhaul, expanding to include more lighting ingredient types than ever before. We have made lighting shots faster by developing a ‘Save your own Presets’ feature, which means your favourite lighting settings can be stored, dragged and dropped in an instant,  allowing for even more creativity and exploration in your lighting. These new features can be used by users of all plug-in connections! Continue reading

Sophie’s Progress – Balloon Text Project

Sophies Progress

The next challenge I was set at Lightmap was to create balloon style text in Cinema 4D, Modo, Maya and 3ds Max; rendering in Octane, V-Ray and Modo. The purpose of this project was to expand my knowledge and skill-set using a variety of software to model, sculpt and develop the perfect balloon text. My plan involved creating plastic and nylon metallic style balloons using  ‘HDR’ as my design, which may seem straightforward enough, but for a relative novice in balloon creation, it presented numerous challenges.

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Sophie’s Progress – A Christmas Project

Sophies Progress

After joining Lightmap in late 2017, I was set the challenge of creating a Christmas themed image to be included in the companies Christmas email, which required using software and techniques I was relatively unfamiliar with. I found this project to be very challenging, and I have to admit, it didn’t go exactly to plan. By sharing my progress with you, I hope I can highlight all the challenges I faced, and the solutions I learn along the way to improve my skills as a 3D artist.

snowman-rendersCinema 4D/ Octane Render                             Cinema 4D / Physical Render

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Damian Misiura: A Splash of Light

Lightmap had the opportunity to chat with Designer, 3D Graphic Artist and Photographer, Damian Misiura, about his experience with 3D technology and how HDR Light Studio has stimulated his creativity. 

Damian Misiura

As a Graphic Designer, Damian Misiura has honed his craft for the last twelve years at Polish mineral water brand, Cisowianka, and in recent years, Perlage; successfully collaborating with a small creative team to designs bottles, cans, packaging and labels through the use of 3D visualisations, animations, photos and videos.

For Damian, traditional working was seemingly the most effective way of turning his ideas into a visual reality; new technologies, including 3D, were looked at with a cautious, reserved eye. Traditional methods were tried and tested, but the lengthy process of designing packaging and hours spent in photo or movie sessions meant there quite simply wasn’t the time for him to unearth the potential of 3D software.

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HDR Light Studio – Carbon Drop 2

Wednesday 9th May 2018 – Today, Lightmap announces the immediate availability of HDR Light Studio – Carbon – Drop 2.

Drop 2 brings core new features for all HDR Light Studio users (whichever plug-in connection you use), allowing the creation of lights with more character and providing more creative lighting control. Additional enhancements make lighting even more productive. Plus updated compatibility for 3ds Max, MODO and DeltaGen.

“Lightmap completely understand what artists need to get great renders. This time around they have added ever greater controls to finesse individual lights with box gradients and value blends to craft any studio light imaginable. For product rendering, it will add to the beauty and natural look you get from high-end studios and from great photographers.”
Declan McGurry, Senior 3d Artist/Creative Retoucher, Schawk (London)

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Congrats to Goon on his Winning Shot!

We caught up with 3D artist Goon after he won a recent render challenge over at AutomotiveCGI. We were delighted to find out the shot was also lit with HDR Light Studio!Goon Overhead

“I’m a 3d Artist from Sydney, Australia. I’ve always had a passion for drawing and painting, and I knew I wanted to work in a creative field when I grew up. I have been working in the advertising industry for the last 8 years, primarily on large scale print images, which is undoubtedly my core passion. Continue reading